SciFilmIt Hackathon Basel 2021

It is a great pleasure to introduce to you the second SciFilmIt Hackathon in Basel. It is time to spread the word about scientific research in Basel to the world through the medium of film.

With the vaccination process underway in Switzerland, we hope to see the situation with Covid-19 improve over the coming weeks and months. Look out for news here and on social media!

This is a unique opportunity for scientists, scientist enthusiasts and filmmakers to get inspired, synergize and tell stories about science. Throughout the hackathon, you will be mentored by experts in storytelling, science communication, team-work and filmmaking, to make sure that your films are amazing at the end. 

The date for the hackathon is still to be confirmed and it will take place at the University of Basel. Your films will then be screened at the Natural History Museum in Basel. Applications will open a couple of months before the hackathon. Our team will then review all your applications and will notify you. All accepted applicants will be invited to join the hackathon free of charge. See you very soon!


Thank you to our fantastic sponsors who support the our process of science filmmaking and training young scientists and artists.

Organizing Team

These are the people behind the SciFilmIt Hackathon in Basel. We’re all doing a PhD in various fields of science and are passionate about science communication. It sparks joy and inspiration, gives us the opportunity to dive into different scientific and creative topics and allows us to prove, thrive on and explore our skills. All our project roles are assigned to an animal due to their characteristics, anatomy, ability, spirit…Don’t judge us. We’re creative weirdos.


Seun is the Project Manager (aka Panda). She’s the glue of the team, has an overview of all the bits and bobs of the event administration including finances. She’s an infection biologist and currently doing a PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of Bern. After participating in a filmmaking workshop for scientists, she became drawn to science communication via film and subsequently participated in the Basel Hackathon 2019, where she wrote the screenplay for Vaxinopolis. While still finding out, where her interests lie, she loves the process of discovering them and herself at the same time. As an avid learner, she is constantly perfecting her Japanese and Korean language skills and if winter is coming, snowboarding.

Nekane is the Social Media Manager (aka Meerkat). She’s creating engaging content to promote our event through online social platforms. During her PhD in Medicine and translational research in Barcelona, she was pursuing to improve the life quality of patients with temporal arteritis by understanding the mechanisms underlying the disease. She was captivated by science communication after participating in a film contest called Comas i Solà, organized by the University of Barcelona. Since then, she is using her artistic skills to explain science engagingly. With probably more hobbies than time, you can find her either learning animation, drawing a new scientific story for her Instagram account or practicing martial arts.



Christina is the Logistics Manager (aka Lyrebird). In this role, she’s organizing the locations, food, takes care of access and security and everything so that the whole event runs smooth (e.g. bringing her own coffee machine to assure good quality coffee). She’s doing a PhD in microbiology at the University of Basel with a keen interest in science communication, which is why she participated in the Hackathon in Basel last year, where her portrayals of mammalian motherliness in Lively Dinner Table brought much laughter to all. Besides science, this native Austrian is a world explorer with memorabilia from every visited country. When she isn’t traveling, she’s trying new recipes or crafting new designs.

Fabienne is the Film and Tech Manager (aka Triceratops). She is our «Tech-Queen» and is responsible for all things technology-related to the Hackathon, like cameras…lights…and maybe action? After a short venture into illustration and animation, she studied biology/biotechnology and eventually epidemiology at the University of Basel, ETH Zurich and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in epidemiology and public health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel. She is a lover of all things animations and was the scientific illustrator for the short film, Lively Dinner Table, during the Basel Hackathon 2019. On a rainy day, she can binge-watch the full LOTR-trilogy and will quote you down on any specific scene from the movies.